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Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered at BCTC and at venues external to BCTC. Those opportunities that are offered by BCTC groups and/or opportunities that are available at a low cost are noted for your convenience. Links to the Teaching and Learning Center and the Technology Tutorials and Training are also available in the navigation bar to assist BCTC employees with their professional development needs.

To include other PD opportunities on this page, please contact Miranda Hines.

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Supervisory Discovery Network Dates Vary
Building Relationships Institute
Dates Vary
Payroll Training for Supervisors  Dates Vary
TIKI Online Learning Exchange   Dates Vary
2015 Fall Speaker Series: Cuba: The Island That Never Left Me   November 17, 2015
The Essentials of Front Desk Safety & Security   November 19, 2015     X
KCTCS Technology Summit November 20, 2015
5 Things New Leaders Should Do First   November 23, 2015     X
Employee Development Plans 101   December 10, 2015     X
How to Remain Cool and Collected in Challenging Conversations   December 15, 2015   X
Create Better Understanding through Active Listening   January 14, 2015     X
@ONE Project Ongoing   X
ADA QuickClasses Ongoing
ADA Resources & Training Ongoing   X
Canvas Network

CLEP Online Training Sessions Ongoing
Continuing Education and Professional Development Ongoing X X
Coursera Ongoing   X
ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses Ongoing X X
Friday Live! Ongoing   X
Innovative Educators Ongoing
KCTCS Leadership Courses Ongoing   X
KCTCS Technology Training and Learning Center Ongoing
Lexington Public Library, Online Learning Collection Ongoing   X
National Seminars Training Ongoing
QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development Ongoing  
The Remote Advisor Ongoing X X
WADA ADA Live! Ongoing   X

DATES VARY: Supervisory Discovery Network

This network offers a variety of supervisory training for new and experienced supervisors. Face to face sessions will address skills such as employee relations, team building, family medical leave, PPE planning, and more.  Dates, locations, and session topics are below. In addition, copies of the 2013-14 Supervisory Training PowerPoint presentations addressing communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development are available on the PD Resources Page. Other opportunities are available in the KCTCS Leadership Courses linked at the bottom of this page and also through scheduled webinars shown on this page.  All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to take advantage of these training opportunities.

  • October 22, Newtown, CB022, Progressive Discipline
  • November 12, Newtown, CB123, Employee Relations 
  • December 11, Leestown, M128, Team Building
  • January 29, Leestown, M128, Family Medical Leave
  • February 26, Leestown, M128, Time Management & Organization 
  • March 24, Leestown, M128, Interview Skills & Hiring Procedures
  • April 21, Leestown, M128, Payroll 
  • May 20, Leestown, M128, PPE Planning and Review

Register Here

For more information, contact Miranda Hines.

DATES VARY: Building Relationships Institutes presented by the KCTCS Office for Professional Development & Innovation and the PD Peer Team

The KCTCS Office for Professional Development and Innovation in collaboration with the KCTCS Professional Development Peer Team offer a variety of regional institutes across our system designed to support faculty and staff with access to high quality professional development experiences.

Building Relationships Institute

Relationships are very important in all facets of life. There are several types of relationships and this institute would focus on three main types:

  • Organizational relationships – workshops would focus on such topics as employee relations, how to run effective meetings, conflict management, customer service, etc.
  • Supportive relationships – workshops would focus on such topics as team building, mentoring (peer to peer, employee/supervisor, faculty to student, student to student), coaching, etc.
  • Developmental relationships – workshops would focus such topics as cooperative learning, student engagement, best practices for student support services and personal development (know yourself assessments and applications), career development, etc.

The institute will provide the same focus at three different locations. Lunch is on your own.

Register for your location of choice by clicking the link for that location:

See schedule and descriptions.

DATES VARY: Payroll Training for Supervisors

The Payroll Office offers Payroll Training for Supervisors throughout the year. If you are a new supervisor and need training on your responsibilities related to payroll processes; if you are a long-term supervisor and just need a refresher, or if you have questions and issues related to payroll you would like to discuss, please join us.

  • 10/12 2pm Leestown TBD
  • 11/9 2pm Newtown 207
  • 11/30 2pm Cooper Maloney 145

For more information, go here, or contact Kristine Murphy. 

DATES VARY: TIKI Online Learning Exchange hosted by the KCTCS Office for Professional Development and Innovation (OPDI) | Free Online Webinars

The TIKI Online Learning Exchange is a new initiative to provide a webinar series of professional development sessions throughout the year and to exchange and share more information between colleges, departments and co-workers. Topics vary for each webinar. These sessions can be delivered by any KCTCS employee and will be presented online through Blackboard Collaborate.

Examples of topics to be covered include:

  • Constructing Service Learning Projects: A step by step approach from first though to inception | 11/13/15
  • Watch IT | 11/16/15
  • Maximizing learning by using essential questions in a theory based class | 2/4/16
  • Grants from the Ground Up: Get Into the Funding Game - Part 1 | 2/11/16
  • And More!
Go here to register for a webinar or to submit a presentation proposal.

November 17, 2015 | 2015 Fall Speaker Series: Cuba: The Island That Never Left Me presented by Professor Ninfa Floyd | 5:00pm-6:15pm | Cooper Campus, OB230 | Cost: FREE

This free presentation is open to the public and is part of the 2015 Fall Speaker Series hosted by the Students for Peace and Earth Justice. Parking restrictions are not enforced during this event.

For more information, contact Rebecca Glasscock at: or at 859-246-6319

November 19, 2015 | The Essentials of Front Desk Safety & Security | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

As a front desk professional, your organization counts on you to handle any situation that walks through the front door, and in this day and age, there’s no telling how serious a security threat you may find yourself up against. Learn how to protect your organization and yourself.

You’ll walk away from this webinar with the knowledge and skills to protect your organization’s front line and yourself. You’ll master proven strategies for spotting and correcting weaknesses in front desk procedures, for dealing with emotionally unstable visitors, and for handling fires, bomb threats, and medical emergencies. Give yourself the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re well prepared to handle any situation that walks through the front door.

Register Here

November 20, 2015 | KCTCS Technology Summit | Jefferson Community & Technical College: Southwest Campus | Cost: FREE

The KCTCS Office for Professional Development and Innovation has teamed up with Technology Solutions to bring you the professional development you've been asking for at the Technology Summit. You don't want to miss this one!

At KCTCS, we have an wide array of technology tools designed to improve the way we work, to increase services to our students, and to keep our employees in step with cutting edge technology development. The KCTCS Technology Summit will provide hands on training and education with over 30 sessions covering tools such as SharePoint Online, DSS, OneDrive, PeopleSoft, Starfish, Visual Schedule Builder, Radius, Skype for Business, Office 365, OneNote, Windows 10, Outlook, and more. Representatives from Microsoft and Dell will also be onsite showcasing the latest IT gadgets and devices. Register today for the first of several regional summits planned over the next few months. P.S. There will be door prizes!

Go here to learn more and register.

November 23, 2015 | 5 Things New Leaders Should Do First | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

If you’ve never been the boss before, this may be the first time your success will be tied to the results of other people. Those other people may be friends, peers, even skeptics. It’s important that you start out on the right foot — that you send the message that you know what you’re doing.

Management takes a unique set of skills. Take the time to understand the subtle elements of your new leadership role. Some things this webinar will cover includes:

  • Getting everyone on board from the start by clearly sharing your mission and strategy.
  • Identifying others’ passions and interests, to tap true skills and get their best.
  • Getting your hands dirty by working closely with your team.
  • 8 traits that your team wants to see in a developing leader
  • And More!

Register Here

December 10, 2015 | Employee Development Plans 101 | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

You want your staff to be the best, that’s a given, but without guidance on your part, that’s not always an easy thing to do. To keep things moving forward in your organization, you need to make sure your employees are always learning, growing, and improving. The best way to do this is with an employee development plan, but what exactly is that? Learn how to lay out a road map for growth and improvement and develop a team of superstars. This training will give you everything you need to create and implement plans for employee growth, turning ordinary employees into high achievers in no time!

Register Here

December 15, 2015 | How to Remain Cool and Collected in Challenging Conversations | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Difficult and challenging conversations are sometimes a necessity when it comes to getting things done, but when you’re dealing with sensitive subjects, it can be tricky footing. You don’t want to come across as attacking or over-aggressive, but at the same time you can’t afford to be a pushover… and above all, you simply cannot lose your cool.

Losing control of your emotions never makes the situation better — learn to master yours.
When situations are tense, giving in to your emotions will only make a bad situation worse. This training will ensure you remain unruffled and professional, as you learn how to:

  • Maintain your professionalism, even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Deliver bad news and unpopular decisions without losing your cool
  • Recover when you’ve lost your cool
  • And more!

Register Here

January 14, 2015 | Create Better Understanding through Active Listening | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

The number one cause of confusion at work (and most times conflict) comes from people not hearing each other. With so many distractions … high levels of stress … packed schedules, it’s hard to focus on what people around you are saying, but when one missed phrase can cause you to lose time or damage a relationship, you can’t afford to have so-so listening skills. In fact, active listening is one of the easiest ways to improve your communication skills and personal success. That’s what this training is all about. Learn seven tips of effective listening, strategies for making sure people hear you, and listening rules you should break (and much more!).

Register Here

Ongoing | @ONE Project

The @ONE Project makes it easy for California Community College faculty and staff to learn about technology that will enhance student learning and success. @ONE’s programs provide training and online resources for free - or at a very low cost - thanks to funding from the California Community College Chancellor's Office Telecommunication and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP).

Each year, @ONE offers over 100 trainings, drawing more than 8,500 registrations. Workshops are taught by knowledgeable instructors who tailor their content to the specifics of the community college setting. The programs are also structured to fit a busy faculty or staff member’s schedule. Training formats include desktop webinars, instructor-led online courses, and self-paced training.

To learn more about available trainings, go here 

Ongoing | ADA QuickClasses

QuickClasses, offered by Pepnet2, cover a range of topics that assist the capacity building efforts of institutions, agencies, and individuals who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants successfully completing QuickClasses receive "Verification of Training Completion" with information needed to receive CEUs. Five terms of QuickClasses are offered each year.


  • Are free of charge.
  • Are 6 weeks long.
  • Require 5 hours of work per week.
  • Have weekly deadlines for assignments.
  • Are asynchronous; they do not require you to be online at any specific time.
  • Require participation in weekly discussions.
  • Most are pre-approved for both CRCC and RID CEUs  

Go here to see upcoming QuickClasses and register.

Ongoing | ADA Resources & Training | Southeast ADA Center | Free Online Resources and Webinars

The Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They consist of ten regional ADA Centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center located throughout the United States (U.S.). They are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."

To view these resources or register, go here.

Ongoing | Canvas Network

Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world.

Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.

So take a course. Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.

Ongoing | CLEP Online Training Sessions

CLEP has launched a series of new professional development webinars. These free one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of faculty and testing professionals. Topics will be useful to those on campuses just beginning to use CLEP and to those who have more specific needs and questions.

To register for these sessions, go here.

Ongoing | Continuing Education and Professional Development| BCTC Workforce Solutions

Bluegrass Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, recertification, and relicensure courses for a variety of professionals. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be awarded for those courses and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to be used for recertification/relicensure requirements. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Coursera | Free Online Courses

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer FREE online courses for anyone to take. Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students in an effort to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. Their goal is to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Courses include a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, there are multiple courses that you may find interesting.

To explore and register for a course, go here.


EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. They help those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. They view IT not only as technology, but as a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving. Their programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education. Finally, they offer many ways to help higher education professionals who use or manage information technology to keep up on trends and developments… many of which are provided online at no cost.

Find Adobe Connect technical requirements; past webinar archives; instructions for attending webinars using an iPhone, iPad, or Android-enabled device; and suggestions for making webinars a collaborative event on your campus on the EDUCAUSE Live! website 

Ongoing | ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses | BCTC Workforce Solutions

Online courses cover a variety of topics including accounting, personal finance, grant writing, computer skills, healthcare, sales and marketing, digital photography, starting your own business, health information management, creative writing, graphic arts, and web design, just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Friday Live! | Fridays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

FridayLive! is a free, interactive, Internet-accessible, multimedia weekly series offered by The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group. The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. As a non-profit, the TLT Group looks to enable collaboration, support, mutual understanding and communication among key stakeholders in an institution, and use evidence to make better decisions.

FridayLive! sessions alternate among a variety of topics: Dangerous Discussions, interviews, tech topics and tools. You can join FridayLive! on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Even though the session is free, we'd prefer that you register in advance, unless you are an individual member and hold a season FASTPASS. Room opens at 1:45 p.m. Main session from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. Closing until 3:00 p.m. Afterthoughts until 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, go here.

Ongoing | Innovative Educators | Free Trainings

Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. Complimentary webinars address topics such as service-based learning, rubrics, advising, use of open educational resources, student engagement, campus safety, and much, much more.

To view a complete list of these free trainings and to register, go here 

Ongoing | KCTCS Leadership Courses | Online | Free

A variety of Leadership Courses are now available online through Blackboard. Courses include the following topics and may be accessed anytime from your own computer.

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Coping with Difficult Behaviors
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Review course descriptions and objectives.

View step-by-step instructions to enroll in a leadership online course.
Stay tuned for more online course opportunities.

For more information, contact   

Ongoing | KCTCS Technology Training and Learning Center | FREE ONLINE RESOURCE

With more and more changes/features/functionality coming to Office 365, the employee intranet, PeopleSoft, etc. the need has never been greater for an online central training repository. System Office TS staff has assembled information in a central location, the Training and Learning Center. This online training is free and easily accessible.

Check it out and share with other KCTCS members.  

Ongoing | Lexington Public Library, Online Learning Collection | Free

The Lexington Public Library offers many free resources to its card holders. Among those free resources is their online learning collection. This collection provides free access to resources such as the following while also providing links to a variety of other resources:

  • LearningExpress Library - Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want. Study for the GED, ACT, SAT, and many other entrance and professional exams. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
  • Lynda.Com - helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.
  • Mango Languages - Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn more than 60 languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more. Learn English with narration in your native tongue through ESL courses taught in 15 different languages.
  • Tutor.Com - Live Homework Help is just the beginning. Pass the Citizenship test or study for the GED with help from an academic tutor. Search for a job, write an effective resume, or prepare for an interview with a career tutor. Real-time help on reports, essays and papers with tutors who explain the writing and proofreading process.

To learn more, go here.  

Ongoing | National Seminars Training | Limited Free Webinars - See below

National Seminars Training offers training on topics including Microsoft Office products, communication, conflict and confrontation, HR and ADA issues, project management, marketing, generational differences, and more. To view a complete list of these trainings, go here.

Limited access to webinars is available to BCTC at no cost. For more information and to recommend one of these webinars, please contact Miranda Hines.

Ongoing | QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development

Every semester, all faculty attend professional development related to reading across the disciplines. Faculty learn reading strategies to apply in their classroom, therefore directly enhancing what is offered to our students. Faculty and staff may attend a face-to-face workshop or meet their professional development goals on-line. Staff may attend professional development to enhance reading across college-level programs such as student advising and to improve student comprehension of important terms used in “BCTC Literacy” such as SAP, and FERPA. Either way, opportunities to learn more about this initiative are readily available to all.

For more information about live and online training opportunities, please go here.

Ongoing | The Remote Advisor

The Remote Advisor is a new online tool that provides advising training to address working with students at a distance. This training satisfies a PD training requirement for faculty advisors.

To access this online tool, go here.

Ongoing | WADA ADA Live! | Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

WADA ADA Live! is a free monthly internet-based radio talk show to learn about the rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sponsored by the Southeast ADA Center, mark your calendar to join this informative 30-minute discussion on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1:00 -1:30 p.m. During each live show, real-time captioning is available.

You may submit questions and connect to each show through